1st time driver during icy conditions looking for advice.
I bought my GX in '04 in SoCal but recently moved up to the Seattle area, and we just had our first snow during the work week in which the aftermath was icing of the roads.
I made it into work OK with some minor skidding that I got through with gentle tapping of the brakes going slowly. Traction control engaged once (that's the beep beep beep sound, right) when I was heading down the slight hill from our neighborhood also around 10mph but stopping on an incline and needing to turn left up another slight hill.
Question I have is: when going down an 8%-10% grade with multiple stop lights and likely icy conditions, is that the right time to use DAC? I probably won't try this during rush hour but it's worth trying out when there aren't many ppl on the road with me (e.g., after 10PM).
If you feel yourself skidding while starting off slowly down the hill, do you gearshift into 'N', then switch from 'H' into 'L'? If you are in DAC mode, how do you stop if there's a stoplight? Do brakes still allow you to come to a complete stop while in DAC mode? Do you need to lock the center diff in order to engage DAC?